Showpeoples' Community Center

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Raised by 55 people in 6 months
This year we received a 93 foot car from the legendary Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus train.  We will give RBX Car #57 a ‘forever home’ at our retirement village as our new community center. Your donation will help finance the moving, installation and remodeling of RBX #57; and to support the upgrading of SWQ’s infrastructure systems, primarily water, sewer and electrical.

 About the Train Car (RBX #57)

RBX #57 was built in 1953 by American Car and Foundry Company of St. Charles, Missouri as Union Pacific passenger car 5453. It was acquired by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in 1972 and refurbished as the trainmaster’s car. Constructed of aluminum, the body of RBX #57 will remain practically maintenance-free for many years to come. Once installed at the SWQ, RBX #57 will be remodeled as a community center, complete with an activity space, kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities. The railroad bed has already been laid to receive RBX Car #57 at the SWQ.

 “The Ringling Bros. Circus train was one-of-a-kind, something people came out to see and celebrated every time it rolled through cities across the U.S. The circus train was home to performers and their families for over 146 years,” said Kenneth Feld, Chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment. “With the closing of the circus, it was important to our family that the donated Ringling Bros. train cars served a special purpose in local communities and functioned as a place to gather and make memories.”

  About Showpeoples Winter Quarters (SWQ)

“The SWQ charges nominal rent to its residents, and is supported primarily by private and public donations,” Father Hogan explained. “The Greatest Show On Earth® provided wonderfully wholesome family entertainment to countless millions of circusgoers over the years. We are now asking the public to help support some of those hard-working showpeople during their retirement years.”

 The SWQ is located on a beautiful, heavily-shaded three-acre site along U.S. Route 92 in Seffner, Florida. It can house up 10 mobile homes on permanent sites, as well as provide electrical, water and septic hookups, and equipment storage for temporary RV parking. SWQ was converted into a retirement mobile home park in 2015 with financing from the Florida Community Loan Fund, FCLF, a financing service for Florida-based nonprofits and for-profit, mission-focused developers and housing authorities that offers a wide range of assistance to social service organizations and community health service providers.

Our Staff and Volunteers

Fr. Jerry Hogan and Fr. Richard Notter, President & Vice President of Showpeoples Winter Quarters in Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Reunion parade in Baraboo, Wisconsin July 22, 2017

A few of our volunteers at the Sunday Ecumenical Service in Baraboo, Wisconsin
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$4,365 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 55 people in 6 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Circus And Traveling Shows Retirement Project, Inc. (The Circ...
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Sarasota, FL
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